Our struggles with starting a family have forced both my sister and I to look in detail at our lifestyles and where we can make changes to better our chances. As I've gone through my personal infertility journey, I’ve learned a lot about the hidden toxicity of a lot of the items in our homes. I have since made it my mission, as an interior stylist, to educate myself on what furniture items are the most problematic and what healthy alternatives exist.
One of the biggest toxic culprits in our homes? The mattress. And we spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping on it! Learning this really opened my eyes and convinced me to do a bedroom detox. Did you know that most mattresses are made of polyurethane foam, a petroleum-based material that emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation? Formaldehyde, used to make the adhesives that hold mattresses together, has been linked to asthma, allergies, and lung, nose, and throat cancers. And then there are cotton pesticides and flame-retardant chemicals that off-gas and pollute the air of your bedroom and are linked to cancer, hormone disruptions and adverse effects on the immune system. Crazy, right?
Andrew and I didn't have a memory foam mattress but we did have a 4" foam mattress topper from Target. It helped transform our cheap mattress into something that felt a bit more luxurious. So learning about how toxic foam is, both unsettled and shocked me. Even more unsettling was finding out that a lot of foam mattress companies actually claim that their foam is non-toxic and that they are Certi-Pur certified - an accreditation created by the foam industry. Yikes! (To get unbiased information about what to look for in a mattress, check out this uber-helpful Mattress guide from EWG.)
Luckily, there are more and more companies out there creating healthier mattresses using non-toxic materials, so we can all sleep better at night. I’ve learned that latex-based mattresses are a great healthy option. Latex is a renewable material made from rubber tree sap and unlike polyurethane, it is less likely to emit high levels of VOCs. Latex is also highly resistant to mold and dust mites, and is more durable than petroleum-based foam.
Natural latex mattresses are increasingly easy to find at reasonable prices. The one I narrowed in on was the Zenhaven mattress from Saatva. I love that it is handcrafted in America of 100% natural American Talalay latex and is layered with breathable 100% organic New Zealand wool - a natural fire retardant with no need for additional chemicals. It is then wrapped with a GMO-free organic cotton. Zenhaven is certified by an independent certification body and has the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification - the internationally accepted standard for certifying textiles and home furnishings. There is no higher measure of textile purity and safety. ZenHaven also offers a 120 home trial period, Yay!
I also love that the Saatva Company is part of the growing number of companies committed to healthy, pro-planet furnishings. SFC members take immediate steps to minimize carbon emissions, waste stream pollutants, unrecyclable content, and primary materials from unsustainable sources in any product platform under its control.
I was officially on board to replace our old mattress, but convincing my husband to shell out a couple of grand for a new mattress when it wasn't previously on our priority list was a different story. So I emailed Saatva to learn a bit more and was open with them about our infertility journey, and my reasons for wanting to upgrade to the Zenhaven mattress. To my surprise, the Vice President of eCommerce emailed back right away and explained that his wife also struggled with infertility, one of the main reasons why he purchased a Zenhaven for his own home and why he now works at the company! He ended up sending us a free mattress to try, and in return, I promised to give it an honest, personal review for the LoP blog.
My review: Firstly, I was very impressed by their quick customer service and genuine concern for my husband and my story. This really seems like a company that cares. I was excited to try the mattress and after a few nights sleeping on it, even more excited that my husband loved it. He can be pretty particular about these things so getting his approval is a big win.
The mattress itself is comfortable and feels luxurious to lay on. There is no weird smell and I have peace of mind knowing that we aren't inhaling toxic chemicals while we sleep. However, we do love "sinking" into a mattress and with latex, you really don't get that feeling. Since it isn't quite as “soft" as we like, we will be adding an organic wool or feather topper at some point to give us that added sense of sinking in but all-in-all I am a huge fan of this product and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a non-toxic, latex mattress. I will slowly be upgrading the rest of the mattresses in our home because we truly sleep better since we made the switch.
For the completion of our bedroom detox, we also replaced the items we put on top of our mattress with healthy alternatives.
We upgraded our standard duvet and replaced it with Buffy. Buffy duvets are 100% hypoallergenic and are made from eucalyptus fiber (also knowns as Lyocell) and recycled polyester microfiber. Their fabrics are OEKO TEX Standard 100 certified. They do not use any fire retardants or other chemicals in the Buffy duvet. It is very soft and fluffy and with a 30-day free trial, was impossible not to try.
Duvet Cover and Sheets:
We chose Boll & Branch organic cotton bedding for our sheets and duvet cover. Conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides and pesticides than any other crop in the world, using about 16% of the world’s pesticides. Boll & Branch use eco-friendly, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)-certified dyes—never chlorine. Another great organic option we love is Coyuchi.
For our extra layer of softness, I am looking at various mattress toppers from Naturepedic (they also offer organic mattresses). I am not sure yet which one we will purchase but this brand is highly reputable and Certified Organic to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
Have you made the switch to a latex mattress? Do you have any favorite toxin-free products in your bedroom? We love hearing what are readers are loving.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Saatva. The opinions and text are all mine.